I Get By With A Little Help From My….

I’ve never been much of a supplement girl.

I’ve tried, I really have.

This time around, however, I’m determined to make them stick.

A friend recently introduced me to Wildly Successful Health Coaches and although the course doesn’t start until January, I have been fully submersed in the multitude of Q&A’s and case studies available.

What’s great about this course is that it brings scientific proof into your practice through reading blood tests, understanding the human body (thank goodness for my history in anatomy and physiology courses), and through supplements.

I’ve been supportive of supplements as an addition to a varied, healthy diet. But I never realized how useful they can be in individual cases. You can literally pick out pick out what is bothering you (as simple as soreness and a bad mood) and create a natural medicine cabinet totally tailored to your specific needs. These aren’t things made in a lab either, supplements are all things that your body naturally makes or they come from things made by the earth, which is pretty cool stuff. They are there for you when your body needs an added boost.

The more I have been learning about supplements, the more I have been wanting to use them more frequently.

Creating a new routine can be difficult, but sometimes you just need a little accountability! So, here I am telling you all about it, so I stick to my word (seriously, ask me about them). It also helps to create a reminder somewhere that you’ll see it. Such as your GMail calendar or your phone.

Here are the supplements I’ve been incorporating into my daily routine:

  • Ashwaganda: This is a powerful herb that has been used for centuries by Ayurvedic practitioners. I’ve actually been using it quite frequently since I started my M-F desk job. It helps the body adapt to any psychological or physiological stress–giving you peace of mind and an attitude of “I can handle anything”. I take it when I’m feeling a bit run down by work or when I know I am going to have a chaotic day. This herb can also promote healthy cycles for women, and treats some PMS symptoms. But, please note, it is advised that it not be taken by pregnant women.
  • Magnesium: Did you know majority of us are deficient in Magnesium? Yup, we are. And who knew it was so important? It actually attributes to over 1000 functions in our bodies. It helps calcium go directly into our bones, promotes heart health, supports liver functioning and relaxes tense muscles. I’ve taken this when I’ve had a sore back and it works like a charm! If you have no problems moving your bowels get Magnesium Glycerite. If you’re feeling a little “backed up” go for Magnesium Citrate as it has some natural laxative properties.
  • D-Mannose: This supplement is actually very new to me. I discovered it while reading a Q&A regarding sponge kidney. It is used as a daily supplement to decrease the incidence of UTI’s. If you’ve had a severe UTI like me, you’ll know that your kidneys have never really been the same (sore back in the morning?). You may have also become more susceptible to them. I’m making it a goal to support my kidneys as much as I can so that they last me for the rest of my life. To promote kidney health this could be a vital supplement along with reducing sugar intake, increasing intake of citrate (such as lemon juice in water), and regularly flushing the kidneys with clean water.

I’ve also been considering adding a B-Complex (enhances mood), Vitamin D (great if you sit under fluorescent lights all day like this girl) and Chlorella (for when I need some added greens and detox in my life).

Do you take supplements? Have you had a positive experience with them? I would love to hear about it!

To Added Support,

The Wellness Maven

A Day On My Plate

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If you follow me on Instagram you know how much I like to take pretty pictures of my food. I don’t like to overwhelm people though, so I only post my favorites. So today I thought I would give you a run through of a typical workday for me.

Tuesdays I work in NYC from 8-4 then head straight home to make it to class in Westchester by 6:30. With all this running around I had to develop a system with foods that were easy to bring with me on the go.

Each morning I always start with a travel mug of warm water with lemon or green tea with lemon. This is so easy to make, helps continue the detoxing from the night before, and gets my digestion ready for bigger and better things. I drink this while I am on the train writing in my gratitude journal.

Since I am on the go and out the door by 6:45, I don’t have the time or the cahunas to wake my building up just to make my own juice. So I improvise. Although this isn’t organic, I swing by the Starbucks in Grand Central and pick up an Evolution Sweet Greens juice. I drink this once I get to work.

About a half hour after I have my juice I am ready for my oatmeal! I eat this almost every single morning and is so easy to throw together. Its 1/4 cup of oats (or homemade granola), covered in almond milk, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, and strawberries or blueberries. By the time I get to work it is so thick because of the chia seeds and so delicious from all the flavors absorbing each other.

Although I don’t have a picture of it. Monday’s I have cabbage and brown rice. Sometimes I put a side of hummus with this or avocado or babaganoush. The rest of the days of the week I have a salad that consists of romaine, avocado, tomatoes, and apples with a side of salmon, tilapia, or 1/2 an acorn squash. No matter what though, I am always satisfied. If I have the craving for something sweet I have an apple with cinnamon or a Lara Bar or half of a vegan oatmeal cookie.

Dinner is usually something that I throw together very quickly. So it is often a salad with some kind of grain or a side of Ezekiel toast. The salad I made above was so delicious. It was greens, dandelion greens, sprouts, mushrooms, avocado, and I crumbled up Kale chips on top. All mixed together with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a dash of balsamic. Delicious!

For dessert I will have the other half of the vegan oatmeal cookie or a small piece of dark chocolate.

Throughout the day I drink 64 oz of water. Which could also be accounted for by the water, green tea, and the juice.

So there you go! To eat healthy you CAN eat abundantly! Who knew?? Just because someone eats salads and vegetables doesn’t mean they don’t like to eat food. And we certainly don’t sacrifice flavor. Once you cut the processed food out of your diet you will start to notice that whole foods have so much more flavor then the factory made food you are used to.

Start a food journal to see your eating habits. Read over it after a week and it might shock you to see how much you eat out or order in. You could save a lot of money by eliminating this. Where can you incorporate more whole foods?